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The Family Nodwell
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Monday, 26 January 2009 17:18

In 1789 the French Revolution produced a new democratic French republic. About this same time the United Irishmen (who consisted of Protestants and Catholics alike) declared their belief in a peaceful future for Ireland in which Protestants and Catholics could live together in peace and with equality. They wanted to set up a French-styled democratic republic in Ireland, which was independent of Britain. Supporting French Republicanism was seen as treasonous by the British considering they were at war with France. the United Irishmen (who consisted of Protestants and Catholics alike) declared their belief in a peaceful future for Ireland in which Protestants and Catholics could live together in peace and with equality. They wanted to set up a French-styled democratic republic in Ireland, which was independent of Britain. In 1798, French troops joined the Irish in battle, but they were defeated. While the French were taken prisoner, the local Irish were massacred as a punishment for treason. In 1800, Britain passed the Act of Union which formed a new country ("The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland") by uniting England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Irish Catholics and dissenting Protestants were not allowed to participate in Parliament.

Drumachose, Limavady, Christ ChurchIt was into this newly formed country that our Protestant ancestor Matthew Nodwell was born in the parish of Drumachose, in the County Londonderry, in Ireland, in 1804. What took place between his birth and the year 1834? What prompted him to move his wife Catherine and two small daughters to Canada? Even before the Potato Famine of 1840, Ireland was in a recession. Politically, it was difficult for Protestants at this time. Whatever the reason, the family braved the Atlantic crossing and ultimately settled in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Between 1834 and 1850, Matthew and Catherine had seven more children, a total of nine: Maryann, Eliza, William, James Henry, Catherine, Thomas, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Martha. Matthew presumably died in 1850, but Catherine was still there in New Brunswick with her youngest son during the 1881 census taking. And today, the indelible mark these brave pilgrims to a new world made can still be seen. Their descendants are still found in New Brunswick today.

 

Descendants of Matthew Nodwell

    Generation: 1


  1. Matthew Nodwell b. 1804, Ireland; d. BEF 1881, Canada.
    Matthew m. Catherine Unknown.   Catherine b. 1806, Ireland; d. 03 Jun 1923, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.

    Children:
    1. 2. Maryann Nodwell  . b. 1829, Ireland.
    2. 3. Eliza Nodwell  . b. 1831, Ireland.
    3. 4. William Nodwell  . b. 1837, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1909.
    4. 5. James Henry Nodwell  . b. 8 FEB 1840, New Brunswick, CA; d. 1917; bu. Hampton Rural Cemetery, Hampton Parish, New Brunswick, Canada.
    5. 6. Catherine Nodwell  . b. 1844, Canada.
    6. 7. Thomas Nodwell  . b. Jun 1844, Canada; d. 19 Oct 1926, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    7. 8. Matthew Nodwell  . b. 1847, Canada.
    8. 9. Elizabeth Nodwell  . b. 1848, Canada.
    9. 10. Martha Nodwell  . b. 1850, Canada.


    Generation: 2


  1. Maryann Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1829, Ireland.
  2. Eliza Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1831, Ireland.
  3. William Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1837, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1909.
    William m. Mary Ann Kierstead (27 Oct 1862, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Mary b. 20 Feb 1841, New Brunswick, Canada ; d. 1908.

    Children:
    1. 11. Elizabeth Jane Nodwell  . b. 1864; d. 1946.
    2. 12. Martha Ann Nodwell  . b. 14 Mar 1865, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 22 Jan 1944.
    3. 13. Sarah Catherine Nodwell  . b. 30 Mar 1867, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. abt 1967.
    4. 14. Benjamin Kierstead Nodwell  . b. 24 Jun 1869, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 29 Jul 1944, Fredericton Victoria Public Hospital; bu. Fredericton Rural Extension, York County.
    5. 15. Mary May Nodwell  . b. 02 Feb 1872, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 09 Sep 1962.
    6. 16. Frederick William Nodwell  . b. 1874; d. 04 Jul 1874, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    7. 17. James Ernest Alexander Nodwell  . b. 29 May 1880, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1964, Carwell Parish, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. Plumwescep Cemetery.

  4. James Henry Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 8 FEB 1840, New Brunswick, CA; d. 1917; bu. Hampton Rural Cemetery, Hampton Parish, New Brunswick, Canada.
    James m. Eliza Ann Mitchell (1858, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Eliza b. 23 May 1837, New Brunswick, CA; d. 23 MAY 1923, Kings County, New Brunswick; bu. Hampton Rural Cemetery, Hampton Parish, New Brunswick, Canada.

    Children:
    1. 18. William Nodwell  . b. 1860.
    2. 19. John Matthew Nodwell  . b. 23 Nov 1862, Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    3. 20. James Nodwell  . b. 1865, Smithtown, Kings County, New Brunswick.
    4. 21. Bessie Nodwell  . b. 1870.
    5. 22. Lemont Nodwell  . b. 31 JUL 1873, Waterford,New Brunswick,Canada; d. 3 MAR 1926, New Brunswick,Canada.
    6. 23. Georgie Etta Nodwell  . b. 04 May 1874; d. 19 Nov 1901; bu. Hampton Rural, Kings County.
    7. 24. Lily I. Nodwell  . b. 1878.

  5. Catherine Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1844, Canada.
  6. Thomas Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. Jun 1844, Canada; d. 19 Oct 1926, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    Thomas m. Mary Unknown.   Mary b. SEP 1846.

  7. Matthew Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1847, Canada.
  8. Elizabeth Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1848, Canada.
  9. Martha Nodwell (1.Matthew1) b. 1850, Canada.

    Generation: 3


  1. Elizabeth Jane Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1864; d. 1946.
    Elizabeth m. David Farmington.  

    Elizabeth m. George Milligan Enman (22 MAR 1893, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts).   George b. 01 Jun 1857; d. 20 Sep 1910.

    Children:
    1. 25. Margaret Ann Enman  . b. 23 OCT 1894, Lissonville, King's Co., New Brunswick; d. 27 JUL 1972.
    2. 26. Sarah Elizabeth Enman  . b. 18 Oct 1896, Lissonville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 03 May 1972.
    3. 27. Gwen Enman  . b. abt 1898; d. abt 1989.
    4. 28. Elsie May Enman  . b. 13 Dec 1901, Lissonville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. abt 2000.

  2. Martha Ann Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 14 Mar 1865, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 22 Jan 1944.
    Martha m. William Arnold (06 Jul 1886, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   William b. 18 Nov 1859, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 29 aug 1944.

    Children:
    1. 29. Blanche Viola Arnold  . b. 04 Jan 1893, Parlee Brook, Kings County, New Brunswick.
    2. 30. Hazel Luella Arnold  .
    3. 31. Mabel Arnold  . b. aft 1902.
    4. 32. Ethel Arnold  . b. aft 1902.
    5. 33. Susan Arnold  . b. aft 1902.
    6. 34. Alfred Arnold  . b. aft 1902.

  3. Sarah Catherine Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 30 Mar 1867, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. abt 1967.
    Sarah m. Theodore Beckwith.   Theodore b. abt 1865.

    Sarah m. Leonard Brown Weaver.   Leonard b. January 7, 1881, Coal Creek, New Brunswick, Canada.

    Children:
    1. 35. Cynthia Ester Weaver  . b. 02 Jan 1913, Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 27 Jul 1991, Harmony, Maine.
    2. 36. May Weaver  .
    3. 37. Thelma Weaver  .

  4. Benjamin Kierstead Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 24 Jun 1869, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 29 Jul 1944, Fredericton Victoria Public Hospital; bu. Fredericton Rural Extension, York County.
    Benjamin m. Georgie Etta Nodwell (09 Dec 1896, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Georgie b. 04 May 1874; d. 19 Nov 1901; bu. Hampton Rural, Kings County.

    Children:
    1. 38. Pircy (Percy) Odbur Nodwell  . b. 31 Mar 1898, Smithtown, Kings County, New Brunswick.

    Benjamin m. Olive Sarah Weaver (12 Nov 1902, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Olive b. 04 Apr 1874, Coal Creek, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 29 Dec 1960; bu. Fredericton Rural Extension, York County.

    Children:
    1. 39. Sarah Gertrude Nodwell  . b. 11 Dec 1903, Plumweseep, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 14 Feb 1987, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada.
    2. 40. Frederick Estey Nodwell  . b. 08 Sep 1906, Coal Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 22 Jan 1997, Stanley, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. St John's Anglican, Sunbury County.
    3. 41. Georgie Olive Nodwell  . b. 31 Dec 1908, Plumweseep, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 22 Jan 1997, Stanley, York County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    4. 42. Marion Elizabeth Nodwell  . b. 17 Nov 1910; d. 12 Nov 1996, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. Fredericton Rural Extension, York County.
    5. 43. Blanche Kierstead Nodwell  . b. 03 Jan 1913, Plumweseep, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 31 Jan 1986, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. St John's Anglican, Sunbury County.
    6. 44. Flora Rosena Nodwell  .
    7. 45. Emily Grace Nodwell  .

  5. Mary May Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 02 Feb 1872, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 09 Sep 1962.
    Mary m. George Thomas Gray (14 Jan 1901, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   George b. 1871; d. 1949.

    Children:
    1. 46. Mildred Gray  . b. abt 1901.
    2. 47. Nora E. Gray  . b. abt 1903; d. 05 Sep 1944.
    3. 48. Winnifred Gray  . b. abt 1905.
    4. 49. Myrtle Helena Gray  . b. 16 Feb 1905, Sussex, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    5. 50. Eldon Gray  . b. abt 1907.

  6. Frederick William Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1874; d. 04 Jul 1874, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    Frederick m. Flora Rosena Riedle.   Flora b. 1883; d. 1965.

    Children:
    1. 51. Florence Winnifred Nodwell  . b. 12 Oct 1909.

  7. James Ernest Alexander Nodwell (4.William2, 1.Matthew1) b. 29 May 1880, Markhamville, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1964, Carwell Parish, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. Plumwescep Cemetery.
    James m. Kathryn Mannetta Long (24 Jun 1908, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Kathryn b. 1884, Plumweseep, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 03 Jun 1923, Plumweseep, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. Plumwescep Cemtery, New Brunswick.

    Children:
    1. 52. Murray Emory Nodwell  . b. Mar 1909.
    2. 53. Ralph A. Nodwell  . b. May 1910.
    3. 54. Robert Nodwell  . b. May 1911.
    4. 55. Mary Nodwell  . b. abt 1913.
    5. 56. Everett Nodwell  . b. abt 1915.

  8. William Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1860.
  9. John Matthew Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 23 Nov 1862, Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.
    John m. Olive Melissa Sheck.   Olive b. 25 Apr 1859, New Brunswick, Canada; d. BET 1902 1911.

    Children:
    1. 57. Harry Nodwell  . b. Dec 1887.
    2. 58. Crandall Prescott Nodwell  . b. 27 Sep 1891, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. May 1975, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.
    3. 59. Florence Nodwell  . b. Apr 1897.
    4. 60. Annie Nodwell  .

  10. James Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1865, Smithtown, Kings County, New Brunswick.
    James m. Susan Pearl Perkins.   Susan b. 15 Dec 1865, Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 25 Aug 1940, Hampton Rural, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; bu. 28 AUG 1940, Rural Cemetery at Hampton, King's Co., NB.

    Children:
    1. 61. Unknown Nodwell  .
    2. 62. Daughter Nodwell  .
    3. 63. William Percy Nodwell  . b. 1893, Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada.

  11. Bessie Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1870.
  12. Lemont Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 31 JUL 1873, Waterford,New Brunswick,Canada; d. 3 MAR 1926, New Brunswick,Canada.
    Lemont m. Laura Etta Gibson (5 APR 1894, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Laura b. 30 JUN 1872, St. Martin,New Brunswick,Canada; d. 11 FEB 1933, New Brunswick,Canada.

    Children:
    1. 64. Hallett Lemont Nodwell  . b. 28 DEC 1894, Smithtown,KI,New Brunswick,Canada; d. 29 MAR 1918, France; bu. Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
    2. 65. Aubrey LeRoy Nodwell  . b. 29 APR 1896, Smithtown, King's Co., New Brunswick; d. 2 JUN 1916, Belgium; bu. Ypres, Belgium.
    3. 66. Alvaretta B. Nodwell  . b. 08 Jun 1897, Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada.
    4. 67. Mable Gertrude Nodwell  . b. 2 FEB 1899, Hampton, Kings Co., New Brunswick; d. 14 AUG 1901.
    5. 68. James Theopelie Nodwell  .
    6. 69. Sylvan Opplis Nodwell  .
    7. 70. Lillie Maud Nodwell  . b. 29 JUL 1902, Hampton,KI,New Brunswick,Canada; d. 31 MAY 1969.
    8. 71. Alvie Althea Nodwell  . b. 25 DEC 1905, Norton, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 7 MAR 1970.
    9. 72. Rene Nodwell  . b. 17 MAR 1912; d. 12 MAY 1914.
    10. 73. Vene Lemont Nodwell  . b. 28 APR 1915, Norton Station, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 28 Sep 1979, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine.

  13. Georgie Etta Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 04 May 1874; d. 19 Nov 1901; bu. Hampton Rural, Kings County.
    Georgie m. Benjamin Kierstead Nodwell (09 Dec 1896, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada).   Benjamin b. 24 Jun 1869, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 29 Jul 1944, Fredericton Victoria Public Hospital; bu. Fredericton Rural Extension, York County.

    Children:
    1. 38. Pircy (Percy) Odbur Nodwell  . b. 31 Mar 1898, Smithtown, Kings County, New Brunswick.

  14. Lily I. Nodwell (5.James2, 1.Matthew1) b. 1878.



Nearly all of the facts cited for Nodwell family member information was taken from the research conducted by Brenda Ayers. Countless hours of reading blindingly bad copies of 100 year old documents and combing through dusty books went into the collection of Nodwell information that she has so graciously shared with all of us. Her compilation of Nodwell births and marriages is invaluable.

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